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Hurst on Blackpool preparation

12 December 2017

Paul Hurst talks about the impact of snowy weather conditions on training

Shrewsbury Town Boss Paul Hurst admits that preparation for Saturday’s game against Blackpool may be hampered by the snowy conditions.

The snow is around a foot deep at the Sundorne Castle Training ground meaning that only the goalkeepers are able to train outside at the complex.

Today the outfield players were able to use the facilities at Salop Leisure’s Love2Stay Resort and Paul believes they will need to call in some favours over the next few days.

“We’ve managed to get almost all of the players in, which was the first concern”, Hurst told ShrewsWeb.

“The second concern was where we were going to train and we’ve managed to sort something out with that for today, but moving forward there is a genuine concern on my part of where and how much we can train before Saturday’s game.

“We will be making calls to try and get venues to give us a chance of getting the best preparation possible, but it’s certainly not going to be ideal, so that’s going to be a bit of a challenge.  

“I don’t like using excuses, so we’ve got to get on with it and make the best of what we can, but it is a bit of a winter wonderland out there and I don’t think it’s going to go anywhere quickly and the problem we’d have if it did would be flooding.

“We’re just going to have to take it day by day and makes calls and see where we can get. The problem is that when we’ve got the freezing temperatures even the outdoor artificial surfaces are hard to come by because the colleges are shut.

“If you go in an indoor facility that’s difficult because some of the players will find it hard to train on that or you are risking flaring injuries up, so it’s a case of just getting some fitness work in them today and then we will look at Thursday and Friday as we move closer to it.”

Despite the difficulties in finding training facilities, Hurst wants no excuses come 3pm on Saturday.

“If the games on, which I expect it to be, you don’t get a two goal head start because you haven’t had an ideal training week”, Paul said.

“So, we have to try and approach it in the right manner mentally as well as physically and try and get a result because it will be a difficult game.”

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